How many credits does the program require?

  • MPH students are required to take at least 43 credits, including internship and final project.
  • Masters students are required to take 30 credits, 6 of which are thesis credits (3 credits of a research project for non-thesis option).
  • Ph.D. students are required to take 60 credits, 12 are dissertation credits.


What are your entrance requirements?
We have competitive admissions for all of our graduate programs.  Our entrance requirements are at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA in the 50th percentile as minimums in the Verbal and Quantitative sections (approximately 150 in each section) and a 4.0 minimum in Analytical Writing. Additionally, applicants are expected to have strong letters of recommendation, a strong personal statement outlining why Maryland's program is well-suited to their career goals, and a research sponsor/advisor for the MA and PhD programs.

International students need a score of 100 or higher on the TOEFL for Admission to the program.


How many applications do you receive a year?
55-60 in the MA and PhD program (combined) with a 10% admittance rate. A faculty sponsor is required for admission to the MA and PhD programs.

Our MCERT program admits approximately 10-15 students per year.


What does faculty “sponsor” mean for the MA and PhD?
MA and PhD students require a sponsor for the application process. This faculty member will become your advisor, so you need to establish this relationship before applying. As a first time applicant we would recommend you to visit our department website and identify your area of interest and possible faculty sponsors in that area. You can start contacting those faculty and exchange e-mails indicating your interest in their work and confirm a willingness on the part of the faculty member to serve as your sponsor and advisor. Your program of study will depend on your area of interest. Note that a faculty sponsor is not required for the MPH or MCERT programs.


When are your deadlines?

Deadlines for the MPH, MA, and PhD can be found on the apply page.

What are the areas of study for the MA and PhD programs?

  • Cognitive Motor Neuroscience: Motor control, motor development, biomechanics, computational motor neuroscience, sport psychology, exercise psychophysiology
  • Exercise Physiology: Genetic,molecular, cellular and applied research in muscular, metabolic, and cardiovascular aspects of exercise physiology
  • Physical Cultural Studies: Interdisciplinary analysis of physical culture, cultural kinesiology, sociology of sport and physical activity, history of sport and physical activity, sport marketing and media.


How do I apply?

We use different application procedures for the MA/PhD and MPH degree programs.

  1. MA/PhD Programs: Visit our department website, and learn about the department, specifically learning about each of the three areas of concentration. Identify which faculty's research interests you most and contact that person and inquire about possible mentorship in advance of submitting your application. When writing your research statement, clearly show a relationship between your research interest and that of the faculty member with whom you have contacted. Students will not be admitted without a potential advisor having been contacted in advance of their application. Email the faculty member(s) you would like to consider for mentorship, based on their research foci. Email addresses for each faculty can found under the "people" link on the department website. Once a mentor has been found, the University of Maryland’s Graduate School accepts applications through the UMD application system. Before completing the application, applicants are asked to check the Admissions Requirements site for specific instructions. As required by the Graduate School, all application materials are to be submitted electronically and include a non-refundable application fee ($75) for each program to which an applicant applies.
  2. MPH Program: Applications should be submitted through the Schools of Public Health Application Service, SOPHAS, at The application cycle opens in SOPHAS in September and all application documents must be submitted via SOPHAS. Remember to designate the University of Maryland School of Public Health, College Park, as one of your school choices along with your desired program. The University of Maryland School of Public Health GRE Code in SOPHAS is 0485. SOPHAS will verify the information reported and send it electronically to the University of Maryland School of Public Health once complete. The verification process can take 4-6 weeks to complete. We do not accept materials outside of the SOPHAS process. The University of Maryland requires a Supplemental Application and a Supplemental Application Fee of $75 for each program.